How to Paint Nails Light Pink

by Lisa S. Kramer

Feminine and elegant, light pink nail polish is appropriate for almost every occasion -- from corporate offices and formal events to everyday, casual affairs. In addition to its versatility, it is an easy to color to use when painting your own nails. Unlike dark or super bright nail polish colors, imperfections in your polish application are typically less noticeable when using light pink nail polish.

Wipe any old polish off your nails by using a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover.

Use a nail clipper to clip your nails down to your preferred length. You can also use an emery board to file down your nails. Push back your cuticles with a cuticle stick.

Apply a clear base coat to your nails. This will help hydrate your nails, protect them from discoloration and help prevent chipped nail polish, thus extending the life of your manicure. Let the clear base coat dry for at least two minutes.

Apply a coat of your light pink nail polish to your nails using a three-stroke method. Paint one brush stroke of polish down the center of your nail, one brush stroke down the right side of your nail and one brush stroke down the left side of your nail. Finish off with one horizontal brush stroke across the tip of your nail. Let this coat of pink nail polish dry for at least two minutes.

Apply a second coat of your light pink nail polish to your nails using the same method described in Step 4. Let this coat dry for at least two minutes. If you are using a particularly sheer pink nail polish color, you may need to apply a third coat of polish to achieve full coverage.

Apply a clear top coat to your nails, which will help prevent chips and nicks.

Let your nails air dry for at least ten minutes.

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Items you will need

  • Cotton ball
  • Nail polish remover
  • Nail cutter (optional)
  • Emery board (optional)
  • Cuticle stick (optional)
  • Clear base coat
  • Clear top coat


  • If you accidentally smudge polish on the skin around your nails, remove it with a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover.
  • Cover your workstation with newspaper or an old towel to protect it from nail polish stains.

About the Author

Lisa S. Kramer is a licensed attorney practicing civil litigation and estates and trusts law in southern Florida. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude. Kramer earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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